Do It Your self Herbal Medicine

PART 3. THE REMEDIES

FACE AND HAIR CARE

OILY HAIR

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If your strands get that stringy, midday cling despite daily washing, you’re not alone—but there’s not much solace in being part of the oily crowd. Shampooing each day is just part of the solution. Keep oiliness at bay with easy-to-make toners and rinses that leave locks soft, shiny, and grease-free. Remember to condition just the ends of your hair to keep buildup from forming.

Rosemary–Lemon Rinse

YIELD: 1 TREATMENT
STORAGE: NOT RECOMMENDED
TIME: 5 MINUTES

Rosemary and lemon essential oils and apple cider vinegar cut through excess oil, nourish your scalp, and leave hair looking fresh. Other oils to try? Tea tree, peppermint, lavender, or sage work beautifully, too!

½ cup water

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

4 drops rosemary essential oil

2 drops lemon essential oil

1.In a plastic squeeze bottle, combine the water, apple cider vinegar, and rosemary and lemon essential oils.

2.Just before use, place your index finger over the bottle’s tip and shake well.

3.After shampooing, apply the entire treatment to your scalp. Do not rinse.

4.Gently squeeze any excess solution from your hair. Apply a little conditioner to the ends if needed.

5.Towel your hair dry afterward and style it as usual.

Witch Hazel Scalp Toner

YIELD: 4 OUNCES
STORAGE: PLASTIC SQUEEZE BOTTLE
TIME: 5 MINUTES

Witch hazel is a stylist’s secret weapon thanks to astringent compounds that cut through scalp oil effortlessly. Lavender essential oil leaves an intoxicating fragrance that helps you forget this is a treatment. Mix it up with other oils like tea tree, sage, lemon, or peppermint.

4 ounces alcohol-free witch hazel extract

1 teaspoon lavender essential oil

1.In a plastic squeeze bottle, combine the witch hazel extract and lavender essential oil.

2.Just before use, place your index finger over the bottle’s tip and shake well.

3.After washing your hair, apply enough of the entire treatment to moisten your scalp. Do not rinse.

4.Gently squeeze any excess solution from your hair. Apply a little conditioner to the ends if needed.

5.Towel your hair dry afterward and style it as usual.

6.Use daily. Store in a cool, dark place.

Images If you find that your scalp is becoming too dry, use the treatment every other day or try one made with apple cider vinegar instead of witch hazel extract.

Lavender–Rosemary Dry Shampoo

YIELD: ABOUT 1 CUP
STORAGE: SUGAR SHAKER
TIME: 10 MINUTES

This dry shampoo refreshes tresses when you don’t have time to lather up. If you have dark hair, add the optional cinnamon or unsweetened cocoa powder to disguise any cornstarch that brushing fails to remove.

½ cup cornstarch

¼ cup baking soda

2 tablespoons ground cinnamon or unsweetened cocoa powder (optional for dark hair)

2 drops lavender essential oil

2 drops rosemary essential oil

1.In a large bowl, add the cornstarch, baking soda, and ground cinnamon (if using). Blend using a whisk or a fork.

2.Add the lavender and rosemary essential oils 1 drop at a time, whisking thoroughly after each addition.

3.Using a spoon and funnel, transfer the shampoo to a sugar shaker.

4.Section your hair and shake a small amount of the dry shampoo onto the roots.

5.Lightly massage with your fingertips.

6.Brush vigorously to remove. Use when needed. Store in a cool, dry place.

Images To add volume, flip your head upside down and massage again. Brush your hair while your head is upside down, and brush a second time with your head in its normal position.